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Friday, July 23, 2010

Prague - Veletrzni Palace, Exhibition Grounds, Holesovice

 Veletrzni Palace

This was a large palace with courtyard used as a transit stop and holding place for collecting people to send to the ghettoes and concentration camps.  People had to go to get on the transports out to Theresienstadt or Poland. Page 19.

Jews stayed there 5 days before transport, sleeping on sawdust sacks (that people helped fill) Page 35. The modern picture of Veletrzni, the "Trade Fair Palace," does not look like a 1940's building. See www.prague.net/veletrzni-palace. No wonder. The old one burned down in 1974. See lava.ds.arch.tue.nl/GAlLery/PraHA/tmoma.html. I am looking for a photo of the old one.

Exhibition Grounds.

Grandmother.  Petr writes that his grandmother's tenants have to report there to be transported to Poland,   Petr's father was also called up, but was ill and got a reprieve, Pages 11, 69, 111; Petr's grandmother went there and got notice of when she was to be transported as well.

  • What happened to the Grandmother:  Yad Vashem lists several Ginz family members who could be the Grandmother. Anna, born 1894, and Berta, born 1867,  The surname, however, is Ginzova, and is that a feminine form of Ginz, or is she not in the list. See yadvashem.org. for the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names,  Shoah meaning Holocaust.

Ms. Pressburger says at page 145 that this palace area had been build in the 1920's for trade fairs. Is this the same as the "exhibition grounds?" See information on the exibition grounds at section hh here.

Friends Bardach.   The Bardach's whole family was called up there for Theresienstadt; and Petr's grandmother ultimately also had to go. Pages 69, 70, 111, 116.

"The Final Solution":  At the Yad Vashem site, click on "final solution" for a narrative of Nazi policy in exterminating Jews.

  • There are many Bardach's in the Yad Vashem Database.  A page of testimony signifies that someone submitted information as to a missing person, or known other facts, such as the death.  The list of inmates for the destination ghetto or camp would supply confirmation of death. There are not always records, as the database is incomplete and some deaths were not recorded.

For each victim, there is also a narrative summary, and the viewer can click to the more complete record.  For Frieda Bardach, for example: "Frieda Bardach nee Scheinhaut was born in Tarnopol to Avraham. She was a housewife and married to Yosef. Prior to WWII she lived in Praha, Czechoslovakia. During the war she was in Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia. Frieda perished in the Shoah. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by her son."

Public record, Sample Summary page of persons with same surname, same town.

At the Yad Vashem site, click on the name to find further details.

 BARDACH SURNAME, PRAGUE
An entire family, says Petr, was transported.
What were their names. It is time to remember.
Which of these Bardach surnames are the friends of Petr's family we do not know.
Even so, remember them all.

Information only, no death notice, 
person missing or records not yet transcribed.

Reinhold Bardach,
Margit Bardach,
Pinkhas Bardach,
Shalon Bardach,
Meir Bardach

Death notice as well as information:
Bedrich Bardach,
Felix Bardach,
Hermann Bardach,
Valtr Bardach,
Josef Bardach,
Karel Bardach,
Valtr Bardach
Khaim Bardach
Frieda Bardach

This list may not be completely accurate, done hastily, so do a search at the Yad Vashem dot org for each one.

Holesovice

The palace, we think, is is in Holesovice, where I believe Petr lived. See www.pragueholiday.cz/holesovice.php.; and www.radio.cz/en/issue/93800. See this big trade fair place at www.prague.net/prague-exhibition-ground.

The Exhibition Grounds were built for a centennial in 1891, and are in the "picturesque basin" called Troja. See photo and information at .travel.cz/guide/597/index_en.html. See s. "d" above. It is also identified as in "Vystaviste." See tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g274707-d590468-Reviews-Vystaviste_Prague_Exhibition_Grounds-Prague_Bohemia.html

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